Samsung has not had an easy time in court against Apple in recent years and has been handed a few significant defeats in patent infringement cases. The South Korean giant did manage to reduce the damages awarded to Apple in a first instance – the company paid $548.2 million in its first case, just over half of what Apple was awarded initially. And Samsung has now obtained another significant win in a second case, where it just overturned a $120 million verdict.
Samsung was originally found to have infringed upon three Apple patents in the second U.S. case the iPhone maker brought against the company where a jury awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages. As Reuters reports, Samsung has now won the appeal that ultimately clears the company from any wrong-doing.
According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C, Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “quick links” patent, one of the three patents that Apple used to win the original case. The other two patents, concerning the slide-to-unlock and auto-correct functionalities of the iPhone, were invalidated in the meantime.
The “quick links” patent was major for Apple, accounting for $99 million of the damages it won in the original judgement.
The ruling was a unanimous three-judge ruling for Samsung, Reuters reports.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Samsung has stopped or will stop copying Apple in the future though Apple doesn’t seem interested in bringing any legal cases against its longtime rival any longer. Recently, I explained why I think Samsung is relegated to the fast-follower division, rather than being at the forefront of mobile innovation – check that article at this link.